Home building and renovation managers (NOC 0712)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Home building and renovation managers plan, organize, lead and review the activities of tradespeople and others working on residential building or construction projects. They work for developers, home builders and renovation companies or may be self-employed.

People in this job should have a good understanding of all phases of the home building and renovation process, including knowledge of building codes and regulations. They need to have good organizational and leadership skills. They also need communication skills because they speak with other workers, suppliers, customers, neighbours and community members. Individuals need to help workers when needed and make sure that projects are on schedule and on budget.

Watch the video below to learn what a typical day is like for a home and building renovations manager.

5:46

Home and building renovations manager


Common job titles
  • builder - renovation / residential
  • building contractor / renovator
  • residential contractor / renovator

Duties

Home building and renovation managers:
  • Plan, organize, lead and evaluate a residential home building or renovation project
  • Prepare and submit bids for home building or renovation projects
  • Manage budgets and negotiate with suppliers
  • Talk to customers, architects, engineers, interior designers and others about plans and details of the project
  • Plan and prepare building or renovation schedules and project milestones and track progress
  • Hire and supervise trade subcontractors to do specialized work, such as plumbing, heating and electrical
  • Prepare work schedules and co-ordinate the activities of subcontractors
  • Prepare contracts and oversee any changes 
  • Inspect work done by subcontractors to guarantee quality and conformity with plans and specifications
  • Manage relationships with suppliers, trade subcontractors and customers

Work environment

Home building and renovation managers generally work more than 40 hours a week, depending on the project schedule and if there are delays or other issues. Long hours may be required to complete projects within deadlines. Alternatively, there may be periods of unemployment between projects. In some cases, home building and renovation managers are on call seven days a week in case of emergencies.

People in this job do some of their work in an office and spend a lot of time on the job site. Depending on the type and size of the project, an office might be set up in a trailer or other temporary facility on the job site.

Home building and renovation managers may need to climb ladders, get onto high scaffolding or into small spaces and lift heavy objects. Often, they review completed work, help others on the site and work out a solution to a problem.

Being on a job site means that home building and renovation managers may need to deal with various weather conditions, depending on the season. Safety is a priority and workers must stay up to date on health and safety regulations to ensure everyone follows them.

Insights from industry

According to industry sources, a good home building and renovation manager must have critical thinking skills and be able to make informed decisions quickly. This is because the day-to-day work is always changing. For example, supply chain challenges create opportunities for home building and renovation managers to solve problems.

Home building and renovation managers may have to speak publicly at community meetings or deal with angry neighbours or community members.

Ongoing education and training are important to a successful career. Companies look for home building and renovation managers with up-to-date technology and software skills. A degree from a post-secondary school in construction or project management and ongoing training/education may earn workers a higher salary.

It’s important to stay up to date with residential building and renovation requirements, particularly the development of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Also, those who stay informed with advancements in technology, construction and renovation equipment and techniques will have more employment opportunities.

The number of women in this career is slowly increasing and some companies are focused on building a foundation of equity, diversity and inclusion in this industry.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Individuals usually begin their career in a residential construction trade and then move into the role of home building or renovation manager.

Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience and education. Some may choose to open their own businesses.

Additional resources